Definitely on the right tracks as The Railway Hotel is named Best Boutique Hotel in the New Forest

The Railway Hotel

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 12, 2024 | Updated: 12th March 2024

A Fordingbridge hotel has been named as the Best Boutique Hotel in the New Forest.

The Railway Hotel was unveiled as one of the winners of the Best of British Getaways Awards 2023.

Organised by SME News, the awards showcase tourism businesses ranging from tour operators to wellness spa resorts and cycling retreats.

The Railway Hotel was originally opened in the 1860s by Dorchester brewer, Eldridge Pope.

It served Fordingbridge Railway Station, one of the stops on the newly-built Salisbury and Dorset Railway.

The hotel has been restored to its elegant Victorian form, celebrating the golden age of the railway.

The establishment has five distinctive ensuite rooms and a self-contained two-bedroom cottage, all set around a courtyard that still retains the original livery stables.

Manuel Marcano, Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award.

“Our hotel and restaurant offers a unique, bijou experience.

“We get amazing feedback from guests about how welcoming, warm and intimate a setting we have here, so the label Best Boutique Hotel is absolutely perfect.

“After what has been a really tough few years in hospitality, it is great to see our hard work celebrated.”

Jack Ford, SME News’ Awards Coordinator, said: “It’s always a pleasure to illuminate the accomplishments of the businesses that welcome people from across the world, going above and beyond to ensure that they have a pleasant and memorable stay.

“I’m delighted to congratulate all our winners and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.”

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